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Bowing to Pressure
Decision on kerosene distribution rolled back

Ludhiana, July 14
Strange is the working of the state government. First it proposes plan to “streamline” a process, and then the decision is rolled back after a month due to political pressure.

Stalling of cleanup work at Budha Nullah
Authorities ‘misled’ top brass on demarcation
Ludhiana, July 14
Even though the cleaning up of Budha Nullah by volunteers led by religious leader Baba Jaspal Singh Baddowal came to a screeching halt for want of demarcation, the chief engineer, drainage, had claimed to the Chief Secretary, Government of Punjab, that demarcation had been completed.



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A boy carrying fodder is caught in the rain in Ludhiana.
A boy carrying fodder is caught in the rain in Ludhiana. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan

Attack on Tehsildar
Order reserved on bail plea
Ludhiana, July 14
Additional Sessions Judge Munish Singal today reserved the order on the bail application filed by three persons facing accusations of stripping Major GS Benipal (retd), tehsildar, and launching a murderous attack on him in public when he was on official duty.

Fresh cases of gastroenteritis
Ludhiana, July 14
Fresh cases of gastroenteritis have been reported from Preet Nagar, New Preet Nagar, Kundan Puri and other areas adjoining Tajpur road. The department of health and family welfare has mobilised teams in the areas to provide treatment to patients.

Cars of tehsildar, sarpanch stolen
Ludhiana, July 14
A Mahindra Bolero (PB 11 AG 50 55) belonging to executive magistrate-cum-tehsildar JS Tiwana was stolen from his residence in Rajguru Nagar here today. The theft came to light, when Tiwana came out of the house to leave for office this morning.

Woman sets herself ablaze, dies
Ludhiana, July 14
A women reportedly committed suicide by setting herself ablaze at Model Town here today. The deceased has been identified as Anita Rani (31), mother of three.


COMMUNITY

Counselling begins in colleges
Ludhiana, July 14
The colleges were humming with great activity, as they opened today after summer vacation for the new academic session. Students thronged the college campuses to find out the cut off marks list and seek admission in various streams.


Students at a college for admissions in Ludhiana on Tuesday. A Tribune photograph

Fee Hike-V
Net increase of Rs 500 in GNPS fee structure
Ludhiana, July 14
Additional Deputy Commissioner Kuldeep Singh in his report found that at Guru Nanak Public School in 2007 there was a net increase in the tuition fee of Rs 70 for Class LKG and UKG, Rs 100 for classes I to X, Rs 90 for Class XI and XII commerce, non-medical and medical.

Addiction pushing juveniles into crime
Ludhiana, July 14
Unbridled practise of addiction to drugs, stimulants, narcotics, tobacco products and inhalants among children between 8-16 years is emerging as a major reason behind the growing incidents of juvenile crime in the city. Inhalants abuse, including the white fluid (ink remover) and petro products, the easy and inexpensive means to get high, is a common practise among the “slum kids” following which they indulge in acts of snatchings and robberies.

PAU: Board member accuses VC of misconduct
Ludhiana, July 14
Punjab Agriculture University (PAU) board of management member Gurdaspur Hardial Singh Gajnipur has decided to send a letter to the Punjab Governor, Chief Minister and Deputy Chief Minister regarding PAU Vice-Chancellor Dr MS Kang, PAU director, Gurdaspur campus PS Bagga, and other former members of the management for their alleged "poor conduct".

Khaki losing its sheen in city
Ludhiana, July 14
The deteriorating law and order situation in the industrial and financial capital of Punjab is a matter of great concern among residents these days. There is a rapid increase in the crime graph. Incidents of snatching, robbery and theft is on the rise. These incidents are causing panic among residents making them feel insecure.

CIPHET scientist awarded
Ludhiana, July 14
Dr S Balasubramanian, senior scientist at Central Institute of Post Harvest Engineering and Technology (CIPHET), Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), has been awarded with Jawaharlal Nehru Award-2008.

PAU Notes
Orchards require care in monsoon
Ludhiana, July 14
“Fruit orchards require care in rainy season, as humidity and temperature are often favourable for the development of pests and diseases,” said Dr Jagtar Singh Bal, head, department of horticulture.

Cong councillors call off strike
Mayor assures session by August 10
Congress councillors with Mayor Hakam Singh Giaspura during a meeting in Ludhiana on TuesdayLudhiana, July 14
The Congress councillors lifted their dharna on the fourth day of their agitation, following an assurance by the Mayor here today. The Congress councillors had been seeking a house session by holding a dharna at the entrance to the D-zone office.

Congress councillors with Mayor Hakam Singh Giaspura during a meeting in Ludhiana on Tuesday. A Tribune photograph

PSEB employee hurt after suffering shock, fall
Sikander Singh, assistant lineman of the PSEB, undergoes treatment at a local hospital in Ludhiana on Tuesday.Ludhiana, July 14
Sikander Singh, an assistant lineman at Model Town division of the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB), was injured when he received an electric shock and fell down from the structure supporting the transformer while attending to a line fault near Tikona Park here today.

Sikander Singh, assistant lineman of the PSEB, undergoes treatment at a local hospital in Ludhiana on Tuesday. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Clash at Tewari’s rally
Police going soft on attackers?
A footage shows an assailant  with a sword attacking Jagmohan Sharma’s supporters during a clash at Manish Tewari’s rally in Ludhiana on Saturday. Ludhiana, July 14
Strange are the ways of the city police, for when it comes to arresting people with political patronage, it often looks the other way. The division No. 7 police recently booked former minister Malkiat Singh Birmi and 22 others for a bloody clash between Birmi and district Congress committee president Jagmohan Sharma’s supporters that took place at a palace.

A footage shows an assailant  with a sword attacking Jagmohan Sharma’s supporters during a clash at Manish Tewari’s rally in Ludhiana on Saturday.

Health hazard lurks Ahmedgarh residents
Development work not done despite grants
Mandi Ahmedgarh, July 14
Intermittent rains during the past few days having brought respite from scorching heat in the region, residents of the local town, especially those inhabiting low-lying areas, apprehend stagnation of dirty water during weeks to follow.

Cotton Programme
300 more villages to be adopted over 3 years
Ludhiana, July 14
This year the cotton yield of Punjab is expected to be marginally higher at 607 kg per hectare compared to last year’s 583 kg per hectare. If Punjab achieves 915 kg per hectare yield level of 96 villages under the VCAP, it could produce more than 30 lakh bales (10 lakh bales more than the present level) from the same mass of land (5.60 lakh hectares). Additional production of cotton could benefit Punjab to the tune of Rs 1,500 crore.

Car catches fire
Ludhiana, July 14
A red Esteem (MA 04 AX7312) caught fire around 3.55 pm in Kochar Market here today. According to eyewitnesses, an old man was driving the car when he noticed smoke coming out of the bonnet.

Harjeevan tops district in biotech
Ludhiana, July 14
Harjeevan Kaur, a student of BSc (Hons) biotechnology, at Khalsa College For Women has stood third in the Panjab University and first in the district with 80.9 per cent.—TNS


CRIME

Thieves decamp with cash, jewellery
Ludhiana, July 14
Thieves ransacked a house in Field Gunj Kutch No.13 and decamped with cash and jewellery worth Rs 1.50 lakh. According to Satish Kapoor, owner of the house, he along with his family left for Jalandhar last evening to meet a relative. The family returned home this morning to see his house ransacked.

 






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